Creating an Open Concept Kitchen

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Existing Home: Located in the Springmill Streams subdivision in West Carmel, this 20-year-old kitchen had a choppy layout that did not work for the homeowners. A large walk-in pantry monopolized too much space and divided the kitchen from the formal dining room. The homeowners’ dream was to create an open-concept layout for better flow and modernize the design for a more contemporary look.


Removing the Pantry: To create the desired open layout, the pantry and walls separating the kitchen from the dining room were eliminated. As a result, the space now feels spacious and bright.


In place of the pantry, a new desk was installed using maple cabinetry with a “Coco” finish. A Cambria “Torquay” countertop was chosen to contrast with the dark cabinetry.


Dining Area:   To compensate for lost storage from the terminated pantry, new contrasting cabinets with a “Polar” finish and a Cambria “Wellington” countertop were installed along the far dining room wall to store rarely used china and kitchen accessories. The new pantry wall also functions as a buffet for formal dinner parties.


Kitchen Details: The existing layout of the kitchen worked well; it simply needed to be modernized. The same two toned cabinetry and Cambria countertops from the desk and dining area were used for the kitchen perimeter wall and island for consistency. A separate beverage station was added to keep traffic out of the main prep area. The sleek stainless steel appliances and glass tile backsplash polish off the desired contemporary look.


Connecting Spaces: Twelve recessed can lights, under cabinet lighting and new pendants installed on dimmer switches adds visual interest and helps connect the two spaces. New hardwood flooring was installed throughout the main level to create a continuous look.


Final Result: “We love having so much space to move about in the kitchen the most. Before the remodel, we never used the formal dining room. The new layout allows us to use the entire space all the time.”

Converting a Main Level Powder Bath to a Full Bath

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EXISTING DILEMMA:  Located in the Smokey Knoll subdivision right the heart of Carmel, this 28-year-old tri-level home had a downstairs guest bedroom with only a half bathroom nearby. As a result, guests were forced to climb two sets of stairs to take a shower. Although functional, the adjacent laundry room was outdated and in need of a fresh look. The homeowners wanted to convert the half bath to a full bath to make guests feel more comfortable in their home.


COMBINING ROOMS: In order to create enough space to add a full bath for guests, the original powder bath and laundry room were combined into one space. The existing guest bedroom doorway was terminated and relocated to the hallway wall. The interior hall walls were then modified allowing the extra hallway space to be used to expand the new bathroom/laundry room.


NATURAL LIGHT:  The window from the existing laundry room helps flood the expanded space with an abundant amount of natural light. The location of the shower and the frame-less glass enclosure also takes advantage of the natural light creating a warm and inviting experience for guests.

MATERIAL SELECTIONS:  “During the design phase, our material selections were inspired by a very clean and fresh look.” Large “Madison Silver” 12” x 24” tile was chosen for the floor and installed in a brick lay with 1/8” grout lines making the room appear bigger in size while also minimizing the amount of grout to clean.


The shower features Eastern Blanco 8” x 24” wall tile in a staggered vertical installation to add height while with 3” x 6” glass subway tile accents the niche.


The laundry area features above storage space for laundry detergents and supplies, a stainless steel rack for hang drying clothes, dedicated storage space for laundry hampers and linens and a Cambria quartz countertop in a “Torquay” color for folding. The same glass subway tile installed in the shower was used for the backsplash for a clean and consistent look.


FINAL RESULT:  “We love the brightness and elegance of the new laundry/bathroom the most. The remodel has dramatically improved our guests’ experience and it certainly makes doing laundry fun!”


Space Planning Improves Master Bath Functionality

EXISTING BATHROOM:  Located in rural Noblesville, this 11 year old master bathroom was suffering from water pressure issues and lack of functionality. “The original steam component of the shower quit working, the vessel sinks were not practical and the original angles of the walls created wasted space. We wanted to reconfigure the bathroom to allow for a bigger walk-in shower and a larger tub.”



EXPANDED SHOWER & TUB:  Once the demolition of the existing bathroom was complete, the wall framing was modified at the existing shower/vanity area to allow for the new shower half wall, bench and niches.


New water lines and shower valves were installed for the Delta “Dryden” shower heads and body sprays.


The existing tub drain and water supply lines were also relocated for the new Jacuzzi corner tub.


VANITY & CHARGING STATION DETAILS: With the second vanity gone, the main single sink vanity was replaced with a reverse double vanity in a sable with black glaze finish.


To maximize on storage space, the vanity features two floor level drawers as opposed to using false upper drawers.


A linen cabinet was added to the back wall for extra storage and also doubles as a charging station with built-in USB ports.

MATERIAL SELECTIONS: “We wanted more natural light in the bathroom and wanted the materials to reflect rich and warm colors.” Cambria quartz in a “Sussex” color was chosen for the vanity countertop and shower parts including the bench, wall, threshold and niche caps.


To contrast with the quartz material, “contempo tan” tile was selected for the shower wall while the “Gobi Corinth” accent tile and “Canyon Olive” heated floor tile add warmth.


Oil rubbed bronze finishes were chosen for all of the plumbing fixtures and hardware pieces to compliment the warm tones of the cabinetry and floor tile.


A glass panel was installed to the half wall to allow natural light to stream into the bathroom from the shower glass block window.



“The new layout of the bathroom is much more functional than what we had previously. At this time of the year, we have really come to appreciate and love the heated tile floor the most.”

If you’re facing similar complications in your current master bathroom, contact Case Indy today! Our talented design team is eager to help design your dream bathroom.